Expand your knowledge beyond the classroom! Become a Fellow for your chance at $5000 in paid summer internships.
The Redhawk Startup Fellowship provides a select group of students from diverse educational backgrounds with hands-on learning in startup processes. The program consists of four (4) weeks of preparatory sessions followed by ten (10) weeks of internship, and provides students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and gain on-the-job experience while working closely with local startups. Twelve (12) students will be selected to complete a seminar with experienced startup founders followed by a world-class paid internship during the summer semester.
The Redhawk Startup Fellowship program was established by Codefi, the innovation hub in downtown Cape Girardeau, in partnership with Southeast Missouri State University to offer opportunities for Harrison College of Business and Computing students to gain the theoretical understanding, practical knowledge, and leadership skills needed to scale startups.
Are you up for the challenge? Join our 2021 cohort.
Enrollment is limited to outstanding Harrison College of Business and Computing students. Students may apply individually, or as a team of up to four (4) members. The application period runs through April 4, 2021, and Pitch Days will be held on April 8-9, 2021. Students who apply are asked to analyze a sample case study and present their solution in front of the selection committee.
April 8, 9 • 7pm
Dempster Hall, Room 238
Complete the application process
Pitch your solution to a selection committee
Attend required seminar sessions
Complete paid summer internship
What is in it for you?
- $5000 stipend per team
- Internship credit (optional)
- Hands-on experience at high-growth startups
- Mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs
- Exclusive networking opportunities
- Codefi membership
Redhawk Startup Fellowship Student Application
After applying, you will receive a case study via email encompassing real issues being experienced by a real company. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to propose a strategy that would help the company overcome these issues. Your task is to convince the selection committee that your solution is feasible. To simulate this activity, we would like for you to analyze the case and present it to our selection committee.
- Student Eligibility
The Redhawk Startup Fellowship is open to any current Harrison College of Business and Computing student.
- Team Composition
Up to four (4) eligible students. If you do not have a team when applying for the Fellowship, you will be assigned one once accepted into the program.
- Selection Committee
A selection committee made out of seasoned startup founders and professors will be formed with the purpose of evaluating the Pitch Day entrants and selecting the next cohort of Redhawk Startup Fellows.
- Pitch Day Schedule
Entrants will be assigned a time slot for their pitch during one of the two available pitch days. A Doodle Poll will be sent to all entrants to select a convenient time slot, on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Presentation Time
On Pitch Day, each presentation should last no more than 10 minutes. If presenting as a team, each team member must participate in the presentation.
- Presentation Room
A presentation room will be provided for Pitch Day. The room will be setup with:
- One computer with software, including PowerPoint.
- One data projector.
- Possibly a presentation clicker.
- A timekeeper who will indicate when there are five (5) minutes, three (3) minutes, and one (1) minute remaining in the presentation time. When the 10 minutes are up, the timekeeper will end the presentation whether or not it is finished.
- Question & Answer Session
Following the completion of the pitch, the team will be allotted five (5) minutes to answer questions from the selection committee.
Five Basic Steps to Solving a Case Study:
- Identify the Primary Concern
- Situation Analysis
- Identify Potential Alternatives
- Recommend a Solution
- Implement Your Plan
Download the Case Study Guide
Tips for a Successful Pitch
Select Redhawk Startup Fellows complete paid internships with startups during the summer session, allowing each fellow to demonstrate their innovation, analytic, and strategic skills on high-impact projects. Our mission is to expose Harrison College of Business and Computing students to the reality of entrepreneurial processes in a variety of roles, and will only place students in organizations operating in a highly ethical manner and demonstrating a commitment to the growth of fellows they employ.